The Stamp Man Challenge - Night Time

Hard to believe that already two weeks have past and the second Stamp Man Challenge is here, this time the theme is Night Time. While I was listening to one of my Alan Parsons Project CD's -Tales Of Mystery And Imagination Edgar Allan Poe - I came with the idea for my project. One of the songs is about the poem 'The Raven'. My altered canvas was born.

I covered the canvas with paper and then cut out of the canvas a little rectancle that would fit a matchbox to create a niche for my bottle.  I attached the houses with 3d foam pads to give the scene a bit dimension. I wanted some blood drips on the canvas but I could not find anything to create it with. The best alternative was the Tim Holtz splatter stamp.

In (almost) every project I try to recycle / repurpose.. this time it's the matchbox and an old rusty key.

It's fun to do the challenges at The Stamp Man, why don't you come and join in!

Materials I used are;
  • Black Canvas
  • Penny Black A4 backing paper - Vintage writing
  • Silver Card Stock
  • Graphic 45 paper - Curtain Call Top Billing
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Corked Veils
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Hitch Fasteners
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers Die - Artful Dwellings
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die - Heart Wings
  • Tim Holtz Alterations Movers & Shapers - Keyholes
  • Tim Holtz Texture Fades Embossing Folder - Bingo & Patchwork Set
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Spills & Splatters
  • Lindy's Stampgang Moonglow Embossing Powder - Terra Cotta / Plum
  • Themed Accents - Metal Frames
  • Beaded Trims
  • Recycled - Old Rusty Key, Matchbox
You can find the materials at The Stamp Man


Altered Dominoes

Every once in a while I do some 'Skype Crafting' with my friend Christine. She is in Canada and I am in the UK. We set a theme and play a couple of hours... sometimes interrupted by Skype disconnecting but most of the time we are just fine. It's a great way to meet up with international crafters ~smile~.

Anyway, a while ago we tried altering some dominoes... and here is what I did;

I used alcohol inks and tried some stamping on top, after I covered it with modpodge for protection. The stamping part was not very successful because I did not let it dry long enough. But this is just a start... I will try more. It was fun!

Just a quick note to let you know that The Stamp Man website
is open for business again. I've been helping Jill with the new website
and although we are still adding new products and pictures,
most of the new products are on!



This is my first entry as a design team member for The Stamp Man Fortnightly challenges. I can't believe I said yes, me being so busy with work besides finding it so hard to create with a set theme. Mmmm... we will see... in any case it's probably the only way for me to make time to play ~smile~

Anyway, the challenge this time is circles. Well, no need to say that being a Mandala lover I am adoring this shape! I just HAD to chose something to alter from my stash.... a little round papier mache box that was crying out to be transformed.

I used my favourite technique - crumbled tissue paper (black) - to cover the box and used modpodge to seal it. On top I rubbed some gold Rub n Buff to accent the wrinkles created by the tissue paper.

The lid is decorated with a gorgeous Celtic Mandala stamp from The stamp Man , 78C - Shrines and Icons. I used some plain card stock and sprayed it with Cosmic Shimmer Ancient Copper and stamped the Mandala image on top using black embossing powder. I ten cut it out with my Nestability large circle. To finish it of I added some golden bling to the edge.

Could not leave the inside empty and added a little ' book thingy' (can't find a better word for it). I cut a pile of circles with my Nestability circles, some with chipboard and some with black paper. I used the black paintdabber to cover the edges.

The circles are attached together with a black ribbon. Every black circle is embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.. and glued on the chipboard circles front and back (on top of the ribbon). To accentuate the embossing I again used gold Rub n Buff. In my bling box I found an old broken ear ring with Celtic Knots on it.. perfect to add to the little book.

It was fun! Why don't you come over and play with us!

Materials I used are
Black card stock
The Stampman - 78C Shrines and Icons
Ranger Tim Holtz Paint dabber - Black
Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades
Heat It Up Embossing Powder - Black
Black ribbon
Golden Bling
Recycled - Ear ring

 You can find the materials at The Stampman